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Kabuliwala captures the essence of love that defies time and cultural barriers

One of Tagore’s timeless and most popular short stories, Kabuliwala is directed by Suman Ghosh

Arindam Chatterjee Published 06.12.23, 09:20 AM
Mithun Chakraborty in the film Kabuliwala

Mithun Chakraborty in the film Kabuliwala

The trailer of Kabuliwala, starring Mithun Chakraborty in the titular role, was unveiled recently. One of Tagore’s timeless and most popular short stories, Kabuliwala is directed by Suman Ghosh. The latest film adaptation of Kabuliwala, which releases on December 22, seeks to offer a fresh perspective on the well-loved story. Kabuliwala is a story of a middle-aged Afghan man, whose heart overflows with fatherly love for a little girl in the bustling city of Calcutta. The film captures the period that encapsulates the essence of heartwarming connections and the deep significance of love that knows no boundaries, transcending both borders and cultures.

Speaking about his role as Rahmat, Chakraborty said: “It is a deeply emotional journey. The character’s unwavering affection and strong bond with Mini evoke profound nostalgia. In stepping into Rahmat’s shoes in Kabuliwala, I find myself traversing the timeless corridors of Tagore’s narrative. It’s not just a role, it’s a profound connection with a story that transcends eras, reminding us that love is a language understood by the heart, regardless of time or borders.”


Speaking about the film, Ghosh said: “Recreating Kabuliwala is a creative journey filled with passion and nostalgia. It’s an honour to delve into the nuances of Tagore’s work once again, especially with the legendary Mithun Chakraborty. With Kabuliwala we aim to weave magic on screen, capturing the hearts of audiences just as Tagore did with his timeless tale.”

Abir Chatterjee, who plays a pivotal role in the film, said: “Being part of Kabuliwala is a unique opportunity to bring Tagore’s poignant story to a new generation. The film beautifully captures the essence of love that defies time and cultural barriers. This film is not just a recreation, it’s a celebration of Tagore’s enduring legacy, and I believe audiences will connect with its timeless emotions.”

In the film, Rahmat is an Afghan wanderer navigating the vibrant avenues of Calcutta, who makes his living selling dry fruits from his homeland. He’s like a fountain of fatherly love, moving through life with a carefree spirit. Nothing brings him down, he’s filled with unwavering optimism that brightens up the world.

Mini is the delightful five-year-old chatterbox. This little dynamo is like a talking encyclopedia, always buzzing with questions that could rival a seasoned journalist. What makes her truly special is her innocent perspective on the world. In her eyes, Rahmat isn’t just a middle-aged man, he’s a friend, a confidant, and a playmate, breaking through the barriers of age, race and creed.

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